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Leaving CES is Never Easy

Rob Pegoraro

The scene outside the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center is always a bit hectic as the Consumer Electronics Show comes to an end for the day. The cab lines are notoriously long. The Las Vegas monorail looks a lot like Washington's Metro Center station at 5 p.m. on a Friday. And the seats on the numerous shuttle buses that head out to the hotels on The Strip fill quickly.

The truly innovative have bicycles, segways, roller blades or just good old walking shoes to get them to their destinations.



By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 8, 2007; 9:02 PM ET  | Category:  CES 2007 , Rob Pegoraro
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Rob, thanks for the posts. I'm at CES too and things that I miss, I pull up the WP Blog so I can catch them later in the day. This is my first time here, honestly your team's review of CES 2006 was a driving factor in my decision to attend this year.
Sitting in the chaos getting to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Sands this morning, I left LVCC around 3pm to beat that mad evening rush you mentioned.

My initial impression of CES was disappointing, I visited the show floor at Sands first thing this morning and I immediately sensed it was the average trade show, no different than FOSE, etc. But when I arrived at the LVCC and walked through the doors at Central Hall, I instantly felt the excitement swarming around the Intel and Microsoft displays... whoa...words cannot describe the adrenaline.

I saw the Ifrogz that Yuki mentioned and the 108" lcds were fabulous. But the device that I was most impressed with was the Palm Treo 750, the first Treo to run Windows Mobile and to use 3G.

I'm here researching new wireless technologies for work, to keep us ahead of the current products on the market. We have a staff of 1000 or so that travel 25-80% of the year, so we are constantly searching for new technologies to enhance the "Traveling Office".

Two interesting observations I experienced today: the class system of CES and the strength of the press. For many of the booths I visited, the reps looked at me, looked at my badge, then walked the other way. I'm here as an Industry Affiliate, I noticed Exhibitors will mingle with each other (green badges), with buyers (orange) and with press (purple XM badges) but I feel they find gold badges like mine are a waste of time because their dollar sign eyes don't see us as potential customers when in fact we are.

The strength of the press was very surprising to me. There are many out there just like your team, representing all kinds of media outlets, some toting notepads, some with an entourage camera crew periodically recording them and some carrying around more freebies than the orange badgers. Just mentioning this for other readers - some companies have lounge areas for the press, some have press briefing rooms, some like Sony have entire stations sectioned off just for press information. The catering to the media should be obvious, but it didn't occur to me until I saw it firsthand, I was more suprised today by this than the Florida vs Ohio State score.

Please keep us posted on things you come across.

Thanks! Mike D

Posted by: Mike D | January 8, 2007 11:43 PM

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